Gulf of Aden Security Review

A regularly updated review of both Yemen and the Horn of Africa covering topics related to security, governance, and militant activity.

Yemen: ROYG and STC forces coordinate counter-AQAP operations in southern Yemen; Houthis issue terms to continue road-reopening negotiations

Somalia: Danab special forces destroy al Shabaab bases in southern Somalia; al Shabaab IED targets Gorgor forces in Mogadishu

Yemen Security Brief:

Southern Transitional Council–backed Giants Brigades and Security Belt Forces representatives met Yemeni government (ROYG)–backed security force representatives in Abyan governorate, southern Yemen, on June 23.[1] The meeting between the rival factions focused on coordinating counter–al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operations in Abyan. ROYG forces and Security Belt Forces launched a joint search campaign targeting AQAP in unspecified areas of Abyan governorate on June 23.[2]

The Houthis formally rejected UN Special Envoy Grundberg’s proposed plan to reopen roads in Taiz governorate on June 22.[3] A source in the Houthis’ negotiating team said on June 23 that the group issued new terms to continue negotiations to reopen roads.[4] The source indicated the committee would only continue discussions if two “secondary roads” reopen immediately.

Somalia Security Brief:

US-trained Danab special forces attacked four al Shabaab bases in Kismayo district, Lower Jubba region, southern Somalia, on June 22.[5] Danab officials claimed to kill two militants and capture four others.

Al Shabaab militants detonated an improvised explosive device targeting a Turkish-trained Gorgor special forces convoy in Mogadishu on June 23.[6]

[1] Yemen Future, “Yemen: The Giants Brigades are leading a convergence effort between the government and the transitional forces in Abyan, in the wake of bloody terrorist attacks,” June 23, 2022,

[2] Hadramawt, “Sources: Legitimacy and Transitional Forces are preparing to launch a military campaign against al Qaeda in Abyan,” June 23, 2022,

[3] @BShtwtr, Twitter, June 22, 2022,

[4] Saba News (Houthi), “The National Military Committee hands the United Nations observations on the proposal to open roads in Taiz,” June 23, 2022,

[5] SONNA, “Danab and Jubbaland security forces kill 2 al Shabaab militants and captures 4,” June 23, 2022,  

[6] Somalimemo, “Attacks kill and injure TFG soldiers in Somalia,” June 23, 2022,


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